Elderflower Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

Elderflower Gimlet

When this mama needs an adult beverage, this is my go-to cocktail! The Elderflower Gimlet. Please do make this for your next dinner party…..you won’t be sorry!

Recipe:

2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
1 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

– Make the cocktail in a shaker or mixing glass with all ingredients
– Add ice
– Shake, shake, shake
– Strain into chilled glass
– Garnish with lime

xo,

Heather

p.s. let me know how you like it!

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Bruschetta Stew Recipe


This has to be one of my favorite recipes that I’ve ever created! Who doesn’t love bruschetta? Since I can’t do grains or dairy, I turned this famous Italian appetizer into a stew instead.

Ingredients:

1 block, Extra firm tofu (or shredded chicken)

1 can of organic chickpeas

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1.5 Cups cauliflower rice (pre-pulsed from Trader Joe’s)

1 segment of broccoli, cut up

1 tub of pre-diced bruschetta from Trader Joe’s- by the hummus (Green/Red tub)

Veggie broth, onion powder, corn meal, Dijon mustard, maple syrup

Directions:

Now, I don’t really measure when I cook stews, I just eyeball it & go off taste so put all veggies in a large pot & fill the veggie broth enough that it covers half of you veggies. We will use the corn meal to thicken the broth later. 

Next add around 1 TBL of onion powder & maple syrup. Add 2 TBL Dijon mustard. Cook over medium/high heat until it starts bubbling & then turn it down to Low, cover the pot & let it simmer for 20-25 minutes. Check the broth & if it’s watery, add in corn meal just a little at a time & stir. Watch for thickening & add more if need be until desired thickness is achieved. You shouldn’t need salt but feel free to use a pinch if you must. 

Enjoy!!

My Healthy Morning Routine

As requested, my morning routine:
1. Immediately upon waking…think of something I’m grateful for
2. Listen to uplifting podcasts before work
3. Drink 36 oz. of water within 1-2 hours
4. Drink 1 cup of organic green tea (Numi brand is my fave)
5. Be kind to people, smile and keep gratitude at the top of my mind
6. Try to find a good deed for the day to help others (thx, Dad!)
7. Start the day w/ smoothie or steel cut oats w/ nuts
8. Put on my favorite Pandora station and jam out some work

 

Holistic Health Tip 8

The tip of the day today is about castile soap! I am obsessed with this stuff and now you can be too. Did you know how versitle it is?? Check out the article below for secret tips!

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-great-ways-to-use-castile-soap.html

What I Ate Today: High Raw Plant-Based

Here is a very short video on what I ate today on high raw plant-based meals. I’ve never felt better and my pregnancy is going great! I think I haven’t experienced many of the 3rd trimester complaints like excessive weight gain, swelling and pain because of my diet and lifestyle. Not to say that I don’t have any pain at all or that I’m not uncomfortable– that comes with the territory. But, for the most part, I’ve been feeling good.

How to shop at Whole Foods Market on a budget

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So…..Whole Foods makes me happy. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the kind of store where I can walk in and find so many things that I can actually eat or if it’s just pretty and shiny and full of natural goodness. I will admit they’re not perfect, but I’m still a happy customer.

What doesn’t make me happy is the price tag. I have been willing to pay a premium for healthy food all of my life but now that I’m having a baby, things are going to have to change because I’ll be on a strict budget. I will no longer have the luxury of getting a $12 salad for lunch whenever I want because if it’s between diapers and a salad, guess who will win? I’m not going to lie, it can be more expensive to buy organic, but it doesn’t have to be and it also depends on what you’re buying.

I’ve done so much research on how to stretch my dollar at Whole Foods and here’s what I came up with:

1. Look for the coupon and “weekly buys” newspaper right inside the door as you walk in or by the bathrooms and bulletin board area. It will show you what’s on sale and give you tips to shop. You can also view and print these coupons from home by clicking: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/coupons

2. Follow your local Whole Foods Market on social media! This is a huge trick Iearned and it’s how I found out they were having a 40% discount sale on my favorite natural skincare line. They’ll post about what deals they have going on. Sometimes you have to follow the Whole Foods Market for your region if your actual city doesn’t have an account.

3. BUY IN BULK. I learned this and it really saves me money! Everything in dry goods that you like should always be checked in the bulk food aisle to see if it’s available there because it will be dollars cheaper- no lie! Also, if you buy a product by the case, you’ll also usually receive a 10-15% discount.

4. Go to the salad bar on WEDNESDAYS. It’s discounted. This made me so happy when I found this out.

5. If you’re buying meat, the more you buy, the bigger the discounts so just freeze the meats you won’t be using right away and save some cash.

6. Yellow signs in the store signal sales and how long the sales are good for. That way you can plan ahead.

7. Whole Foods has high standards for it’s non-organic, conventional foods too. Sometimes farmer’s are organic but they just can’t afford the organic label so feel better that you’re probably still getting a good product.

Whole Foods has committed that by 2018 all labels in the store will have to be up front about whether or not the food item contains GMOs. This should be standard.

I hope this helps you all! Happy Shopping.

Asparagus & Broccoli Soup

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When I was going through cancer, I wanted a lot of soups. They were warming, easy to digest and delicious. I created this hybrid soup of joining together asparagus and broccoli. I hope you enjoy it too!

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus, chopped

1/4 head of broccoli, chopped

4 TBL nutritional yeast

1 TBL coconut oil

1.5 Cups coconut milk (from carton, not coconut cream from can)

2 TBL white onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, pressed

sea salt to taste

Directions:

Simmer the onions and garlic in the coconut oil in a saucepan on medium heat for 1-2 minutes. In a separate pot, boil the asparagus and broccoli for 2 minutes in water and then drain. (For more flavor, you can boil it in veggie stock). Put all ingredients and add in additional ingredients into a powerful blender and blend for 2 minutes on high.

Vegan Chili Recipe

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Winter is upon us! This is one of my favorite cold night meals.
3 organic tomatoes diced (2 can of organic stewed tomatoes if fresh are out of season)

3 15 oz. cans of organic tomato sauce
1 15 oz. can of organic red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 15 oz. can of organic cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
1 15 oz. can of organic corn, drained
1 large carrot, diced
1/4 white onion diced (or 1 tsp. onion powder)
3 TBL chili powder & nutritional yeast- may need to adjust based on how strong of a taste you like
1-2 TBL cumin
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1 Small jar of pickled jalepenos, diced w/ a little juice.

Directions: Sweat the onions and garlic with some olive oil together in a saucepan on low/med heat. In a separate larger size saucepan combine together all other ingredients on low-medium heat and add the onions once they are browned. Let simmer on low for 45 minutes. Serves 4 people. Serve with cornbread laying on top of the chili.

Dairy-Free Butternut Squash Recipe Video Tutorial

Check out my new video tutorial on this dairy-free butternut squash recipe!

 

I challenge you to put this in your salad

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Can I challenge you to buy a head of red cabbage this week and use it mixed in your salads? It’s inexpensive & offers so much Vitamin A & a plethora of antioxidants. Who’s in?? It’s also match your shirt to your food day 😉

How to make healthy chocolate!

Yes! It’s here……a recipe for your own DIY healthy chocolate. It’s raw vegan and naturally gluten free too.